Softball Games Now Being Played
By RICHARD HARRIS
It seems as though many of the
Pershing boys are a mite down¬
hearted lately. The school officials
have decreed that the hoys must
take health in gym once a week!
I am informed that, the girls have
been suffering under this burden
for some time without a word, but
you must understand that we mus¬
cular, and lively boys need a chance
to rest our fertile minds and get
fresh air and sunshine.
Of course, all we have to do for
both of these is to miss a question
in class discussion. Then we get
a deluxe duck-walking tour of the
Seriously, though, we do get
something out of it and we still
have the other four days for base¬
ball, swimming, football, etc.
Which brings up another topic.
Now-a-days a fellow has a very
difficult job deciding which team
to try out for. Should he lend his
powerful muscles and speed to the
baseball team? Or should he set
his goal for swimming or track?
While making his decision the
try-outs come to an end and he
hasn’t made even a feeble attempt
“High School Daze”
On the night of March 2, the
Dramatic Club presented a play
entitled “High School Daze” for
the P.T.A. Fred Hubele, Stephanie
Bender, and Sandra Scarborough
played the leading roles.
Fred had the part of Dan Arnold,
a shy awkward football player.
Sandra played Marge Andrews, a
school siren. Stephanie Ben-
uer portraye.. Jane, the girl who
was very interested. in her friend’s
The other players were: Marilyn
Nathan as Gloria, Patty Coon as
Mrs. Warren, Doug Cunningham
as Jimmy, and L. D. Harms as
Billy. Mrs. Alice Long sponsors
the Dramatic Club.
TO BE GIVEN
The annual Easter Pageant will
again be presented in Miller Memor¬
ial Theatre in Hermann Park. The
Houston’s YMCA and the YWCA
senior high school clubs will com¬
pose the cast of approximately 100
This year’s program, scheduled for
April 18, will begin promptly at
5:00 P.M. and continue until sun¬
rise. In the past years between 6,000
and 8,000 people witnessed the an¬
Under the joint supervision of the
YMCA and the YWCA, the 1954
pageant is being directed by Kiki
Gray, well known director of the
Houston Civic Theatre. Mr. Francis
Gilbert, who has narrated the event
for several years will again serve in
this capacity. The Milby High Choir
will furnish the music.
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Below are listed adjectives describ¬
ing students found around Peishing.
The first letter from each word has
been omitted. When you complete
each word you will discover the
names of the Mystery Pandas.
at any of them.
“Oh, well,” he says. “I’d have
never made any of them at any
rate.”- Maybe he could—if he had
Touch football intramurals are
over and congratulations are due
the captains and teams of the fol¬
lowing homerooms: Brannen, Ben¬
der, Moreland, and Malone. They
are champions all.
An argument has arisen in some
homerooms about various intramur¬
als. The girls say that the boys
should watch the intramural games
such as deck tennis to encourage
them to make greater victories and
the boys say they wanted the same
: things from the girls during foot-
! ball intramurals but didn’t get it.
I No matter whose side you’re on,
I’ll be back next month with this
column. It’s too late to cancel your
subscription so there’s just no es-
1 caping it.
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Learn New Strokes
| Swimming is becoming a popular
! sport with the girls these days.
Two days a week they jump into
an icy pool and do “bobs,” which
is a breathing exercise. Each day
they progress five bobs,
j The girls have been learning the
[ breast stroke, racing back stroke,
j and surface diving.
At the end of the year they will
take a test and be ranked in dif¬
Have you been feeling tired late¬
ly ? Have you been walking down
Pershing’s halls only^ to find you
are seeing double? Before you have
your eyes examined, lend an ear.
Nine times out of ten, you are
seeing twins! Pershing is host to
not one pair, not two pair’s, but
five pairs of twins.
Jane and Josephine Hewitt are
our seventh grade twins. They were
born on February 13, 1941 and they
are thirteen years old. Mrs. Fer¬
rell’s H-7 homeroom has the pleas¬
ure of being their classmates.
We have several eighth grade
twins. Larry and Gloria Glisan, who
are in Mrs. Long’s H-8 homeroom,
have younger twin sisters. They
were all in The Houston Press twins
contest. Larry and Gloria are thir¬
teen years old and were born on
December 12, 1940.
Elizabeth and Isabella (Bitty and
Bell) Hodgson were born on De¬
cember 16, 1940. They are thirteen
years old and are in Mr. Hansen s
Joan Garrett is in Mrs. Robert¬
son’s H-8 homeroom while her
brother, John is in Miss Hornak’s
L-9 homeroom. Joan and John are
fourteen years old and were born
on July 24, 1939.
Bill Swanson is also in Miss Hor¬
nak’s homeroom while his brother,
Bob, is in Mrs. High’s L-9 home¬
room. They were born on June 15,
1938 and are fifteen years old.
Don’t feel badly if you never see
our twins together. It is very rare
that anyone does!
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Girls Learn First Aid
The girls ninth grade classes are
studying first aid once a week un¬
der the direction of their gym teach¬
So far they have studied first aid ]
for shock, wounds and bruises,
bleeding, special wounds and eye
injuries, artificial respiration and
Girls Deck Tennis
The deck tennis intramurals have
finally gotten underway and much
enthusiasm has been shown by the
The ninth grade have had their
playoffs with Leggett’s homeroom
emerging victorious after an inter¬
esting bout with Corson’s home¬
room. Both teams showed a great |
deal of team spirit and both played i
very good games.
As the CHATTER goes to press,
j the eighth grade champ is still
unknown. In the playoff is Moore’s
homeroom and Long’s homeroom.
This should be a good game as
both are well qualified for the cham¬
The seventh graders are just
starting their intramurals and no
winners have yet been decided,
GOVEROR PROCLAIMS —
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missioner of education.
Representing Pershing Student ;
Council at this - conference were
Kathleen Bowlin, K. Montgomery,
John Biggs, and Tom Mayor. They
participated in discussion groups
centered around the Conference
Theme, “Student Council—Practice
Ground for Responsible Citizen-
[ To inform the student body of
Pershing of their* Council a small
! mimeographed pamphlet was dis¬
tributed and read in each homeroom.
This pamphlet entitled “Becoming
Familiar With Your Student Coun¬
cil,” described the work of the
council and plans for spring proj¬
The office display case was used
as an information center for the
council. In it was a picture of Gov¬
ernor Shivers signing the proclama¬
tion, the council’s Constitution and
various other informational forms.
Other displays were used to ad¬
vantage in the cafeteria and the
It is the hope of the council that
“Student Council Week” will help
each and every student to better
understand or be more informed on
their own council.
1. Depends. 2. No. 3. Sixteenths, j
4. 88. 5. Yes. 6. Monticello. 7. 4.
8. Left. 9. Q. 10. Counter-clock¬
wise. 11. Tablet bearing date of :
Declaration of Independence. 12.
Left side. 13. Three; two. 14. De¬
pends. 15. Yes. 16. 64. 17. 52 not
counting jokers. 18. 25 times. 19.
8” x 10”. 20. 7; red, orange, yel¬
low, green, blue, indigo, violet. .
“B” Team Downed Deady Defeated by
11-5 By Edison Boys “A” and “B” Teams
Pershing’s softball “B” team was
defeated, 11 to 5, on home ground
by Edison, Monday, March 22.
The game was fairly close for
I the first three innings, although
Pershing was never ahead during
Then, in the fourth inning, a walk
and a single put two Edison men
Butch Baynes relieved Bobby
Bowers as pitcher, but the bases
became loaded and Edison brought
three runs across home plate, giv¬
ing them a lead of 6 to 3.
Edison gained four more runs in
the sixth inning and Pershing gain¬
ed one at this time.
The Edison pitchers had a verjr
good change of pace.
Pershing may have been defeated,
but the team took its defeat grace¬
fully and of course everyone will be
rooting for them at their next
“IT’S A GREAT DAY”
Yesterday I met “Peggy O’Neil.”
“She’s the Daughter of Rosie O’¬
Grady.” Whenever her “Irish Eyes
, are Smiling” I say to myself. “I’m
Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover.”
j Last night we went to see “Mc¬
Namara’s Band.” They played on
a beautiful island covered with
sparkling shamrocks. “And They
Called It Ireland.” Now I know for
sure “It’s A Great Day for the
WANTED: More gossip to keep
my brain aetive.—Jo Burdett,
A “cool cat” with loads of per¬
sonality (preferably tall, dark,
and handsome). Call Wanda
HELP WANTED: Somebody to do
my English, algebra, Latin, and
science for me. Sally Bell. ;
“Amy Lane” to help me get a
girl-friend. Get in touch with
LOST: Many Pershing football
FOUND: One cute redhead. Bobby
CLERICAL: Experienced book¬
keeper to keep my dates straight
(history dates) Kathy Johnson.
SWAP: My intellect for your girl.
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TOYS, GIFTS, STATIONERY
Both the “A” and “B” softball
teams of Pershing beat Deady quite
soundly on Tuesday and Wednes¬
day, March 16, 17.
The small boys won their game
6-1 and the big boys won by de¬
fault, the final score being 13-2.
The “B” team got the majority
of their runs in the first inning
and the “A” team gained nine runs
in their starting inning.
Deady got only one run fronj
the “B” team.
Deady forfeited the game with
our “A” team by default in the
last of the fifth inning. By this
time they were trailing 13-2. They
decided they would rather forfeit
than go on.
All in all, both of the Pershing
teams were on their toes at all
times and were hitting well.
The winners of the boys’ touch
football intramurals were decided
The winners were: low seven,
Vaught; high seven, Brannen; low-
eight, Bender; high eight, More¬
land; low nine, Malone.
No games were played for the
high ninth grade.
The opinion seemed to be than
the games were played very fairly.
In a few cases there were acci¬
dental mistakes, but these were in
the minority and the boys showed
a great deal of skill.' .. AAA-
Most of the winning tea in 3
thought that the opposing home¬
rooms had fairly good teams, and
Mrs. Moreland’s homeroom gave
credit to Mr. Thomasson’s home¬
room for being a very hard team
[ The best way to watch the road
is through the windshield.
Jay walking is a short cut—to
, It is wiser to use your brakes and
be called a fool than to step on the
gas and remove all doubt.
An ounce of pressure on the brakes
is worth a pound on the horn.
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LEWIS L. HINTON, Prop.
Published By The Chatter Club of John J. Pershing Junior High School_
HOUSTON, TEXAS, MARCH 31, 1954
To Give Concert
The senior orchestra and senior
band, under the direction of Mrs. 1
Claire Patterson, will present a
concert Wednesday, April 7, at 7:30
P.M in the Pershing Auditorium.
The orchestra, composed of thir¬
ty members, will pi-esent a varied
program from compositions by Pur¬
cell, Corelli, Bach, and Handel to
lighter pieces like “Siboney“Over
the Rainbow,” and “Jeannine.” Also
included in the program will be a
harp solo by Donna Turnery
The band, a unit of fifty-seven
members, will play “Allan-A-Dale,”
“Deep River Suite,” “Hans Chris¬
tian Anderson,” “Hey Pedro,” and
several marches by Sousa and King.
The concert is open to the public
and will be free of charge.
Toga Clad Students Celebrate Latin Week
.|... ! Many Activities Make
Interesting Week for J. C. L.
Chatter Club Visits
On Thursday, March 18, the mem¬
bers of the Chatter Club and stu¬
dents immediately connected with
tht CHATTER took a tour of the
The students were excused from
school at 12:30 P.M. when they
boarded a chartered bus for their
After attending- a short intro¬
ductory program in the CHRON¬
ICLE’S assembly room of the Pro¬
motion and Research Department,
Mr. T. M. Wadley, an employee of
this department, took the group
through the plant.
The students were conducted
through the advertising depart¬
ments, the city room, the compos¬
ing room and the press room.
One of the points of interest
was the “morgue.” This was merely
the department where old copies of
the paper were kept.
The trip was both interesting and
Pershing had nine keys and cer¬
tificates presented to its students
in the Scholastic Art Contest held
The awards for the contest were
certificates of merit and gold
achievement keys. All the key-win¬
ning paintings were forwarded by
the regional co-sponsors to Carnegie
Institute for national judging.
The students that won keys were
Sandra Militzer, Sarah Oliver, Suz- j
anne Phillips, and Kathryn Town- i
ley. Sandy painted two pictures, of
school life and received two keys.
Sarah, Suzanne, and Kathryn paint¬
ed transparent water color paint¬
Judy Oelfke, Gene Harris, Sandy
Militzer, and Marjorie Trulan won
certificates. Judy painted a scene
in the U. S. A., Marjorie painted
an observation of environment, and.
Gene and Sandy used water colors
for their work.
Latin students, clad in tunics and togas, roamed the halis
during Latin Week, March 15-19, and slaves served their mas¬
ters by polishing shoes, carrying books, and performing other
menial tasks for the entire week.
Latin students prepare for the slave auction, held during Latin Week.
Student Council Week -
; The week of March 22-28 was proclaimed by Governor
Shivers as Student Council Week in Texas,
j in his official proclamation Governor Skivestated “At
! a time when thoughtful people all over the U.S. are seeking
j to encourage more widespread participacion m puolic affaii s,
I it is especially appropriate to '
I recognize the important work Then he added, “There is no bet-
that is being done by student P***" the ~
I Limb ib wcu i row to learn how to render valu-
councils to promote good gov- a ^i e public service than in their
eminent.’ own cDllirmromoJ n-eironwotirmc
Slaves Auctioned to Highest Bidder J
“Io! Romani! Do I hear twelve
sesterces?” was the cry of auction¬
eer, Dirk Dierking, at John J. Per-
| shing Junior High School on Fri- j
day, March 12, at the annual slave
auction held in the school auditor- j
ium. Tim Jacobs acted as scribe
and Ann Milton was there to take
the money of the highest bidders, j
This event marked the first of |
many activities scheduled by the I
Junior Classical League.
Flowers for the Teachers j
Tht entire student body was re- |
minded of the celebration all week j
by the fresh flowers on their teach¬
er’s’ desks, compliments of the j
J.C.L., and by displays throughout
the school advertising the value of
Gods and Goddesses
In Assembly Program
The J.C.L. was in charge of the
three auditorium programs for the
week and presented “Living Pic¬
tures from Classical Mythology,”
featuring the more prominent gods
limb m ucius uuu C ^ - row to learn how to render vaiu-
1 councils to promote good gov- a ^| e p U kij c service than in their
| eminent.” own self governed organizations.
I ___ The experience .gained in- such
group activities familiarize young
T) i Q , II people with democratic principles
DOSt UpCllCY like majority rule, fair compromise,
_ , i respect for minority opinions, and
1 S Announced the significance of exercising the
Barbara Axelrod, high seventh During the week, the Texas As-
grader from Mrs. Brannen’s home- sociation of Student Councils held
room, became Pershing’s champion its annual conference at Martin
speller on Tuesday, March 9. High School in Laredo. Speakers
_. „ -»*■ included Dr. Gerald M. Van Pool of
Dianne Duncan, of Mrs. Richard- . ,. - (ji,,!..!.
, - 44 , q vTmnpr the National Association of Student
r havtrXbTh Councils; Dr. Willis A. Sutton, aj
up, ndvuig you th leader and pi0 neer m the pu-
able * . pil participation movement; and
As Pershing’s champion, Barbara ^ j ^ Edgar, our state Com-;
will compete against champions (Contimled on Page 4)
from the other elementary and jun¬
ior high schools for the champion- . ' ——0 T
ship of the Houston area. T% 1 ft T\ 9
If she should win this she will ti0Cl LFOSS DF1V0
receive valuable prizes plus a free _ ~ 1 J_ 1
trip to Washington, D. €., for the |g J,§J|lBi0tGCl
national spelling bee competition. “
About 100 contestants from the “The Red Cross Way is the Vol-
seventh and eighth grades partici- lin teer Way.”
pated in the Pershing spelling bee. We care _caring for others, be-
j interested in other people, has
A B * J A C l many names, it is kindness, it is
[ 21 1 CUT Gnu /l OpUYe being a good neighbor, it is unself-
A1 . T , ishness. But just caring is not
Recently Mrs. Alice Long’s sev- J
enth period English class acquired enough.
a student teacher. Miss Crossman, The Red Cross Club of Pershing
who works with Mrs. Long. bad a Red Cross Drive recently
Unknown to the class, Miss Cross- and collec ted $74.04. The largest
man could not be present one day ^ frQm ^ 0ralena
each week. , .
On the day she was absent, the Ferrell’s homeroom. This room con-
class came in, sat down, and went tributed $7.51., with several home-
to work. rooms coming in close behind.
Suddenly George Kesler sat up T b e Red Cross Club has 27 mem-
and looked around, his brows knit ^ ^ ^ fche help of the Mg h
in an expression of seriousness and , . - D _
wonder, said, “Mrs. Long, where is seven students, the drive
lour spare teacher?” success.
(Continued on Page 4)
Red Cross Drive
“The Red Cross Way is the Vol-
A Pair and A Spare
P. T. A. Chooses \
New officers for the John J.
Pershing P.T.A. were elected at the
last meeting held March 2, in the
The new officers are as follows:
President, Mrs. Ralph Charlton;
vice president, Mrs. W. C. Weyer-
man; recording secretary, Mrs. E.C.
Farmer; corresponding secretary,
Ms. Wendell Hamrick; treasurer,
Mrs. Jack' Coleman; membership,
! Mrs. J. G. Whitehurst; parliamen¬
tarian, Mr. Boh Ridley; publicity,
1 Mrs. H. J. Chavonne; extension,
Mrs. John Brand; historian, Mrs.
Leslie Moses; home service, Mrs.
Carl Aiken, Jr.; public welfare,
Judge Bell; education, Mrs. . Ora-
lena Ferrell; health, Mrs. D. C.
Strong; instrumental aid, Mrs. C.
The new officers will be installed
at the May meeting.
The next P.T.A. meeting will be
held April 13. Mrs. Virginia Per¬
kins will be in charge of the pro¬
gram. The music classes will en¬
tertain with Easter music. Dr.
Alexander Fraiser will be the speak¬
er for the evening and the subject
of his talk will be “Spiritual and
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Mr. Clyde Thomasson’s world his¬
tory classes have been conducting
a drive for C. A. R. E.
The total earnings of $112.63 will
go towards buying supplies for Ko¬
rean children and their families.
and ' goddesses, and narrated by
George Rose. They also presented
“The Labora of Hercules,” a bur¬
lesque in shadow-pictures, narrat¬
ed by Larry Wolf, and accompan¬
ied on the piano by Mary Alice
House. Those participating in the
program were: Chappy Scurlock,
Clark Bennett, Betty Conrad, Jim¬
my Croley, Patsy Todd, Sandra
Schoenfield, Helen Monroe, Mike
Broyles, Tim Jacobs, Kent Watts,
Linda Nicholson, J u d i t h Helmie,
Carol Browning, and Robert Eseh.
Plans for Convention
Latin Week is only one of the
highlights of the school year for
the Latin students, for by giving a
dance and selling schedule pencils
and candy, they have been earning
the money to help pay their ex-
I penses to the State Convention of
; the Junior Classical League to be
held in Waco on April 2-3. About
y of the iixty-seven members
of the club plan to attend. They
| will attend workshops and ex¬
change ideas with students from
all over the state. The members
also hope to attend the first Na¬
tional Convention in San Antonio
on June 13, 14, and 15.
Officers for Spring Semester
Lary Wolf and Bette Conrad
reigned as king and queen of Lat¬
in Week. The officers for the spring
semester are as .follows: president,
Mary Alice House; vice president,
Sandra Schoenfield; secretary, Tim
Jacobs; treasurer, Ann Milton; and
reporters, Larry Wolf and Anita
Holder. The club sponsors are Mrs.
Anne Robertson and Mr. John Ham-
For Four Girls
The International Flower Show
was held in Houston at the Sham¬
rock from March 12 to the 15.
Five Pershing students entering
the flower show won ribbons. Wan¬
da Phears, a member of Mrs. Leg¬
gett’s homeroom, received a tri¬
color ribbon, meaning outstanding,
on her entry in “Texas Sunshine.”
Marilyn Mott entered in “Modern
I Gaiety” and won a blue ribbon. She
I is a member of Miss Moreland’s
homeroom. A blue ribbon was
awarded to a member of Mr. Han¬
sen’s registration, Patricia Issacs,’
on her arrangement entered in
“Grandmother’s Bouquet.” Marie
Cheatham who is in Mrs. Richard¬
son’s homeroom received a red rib¬
bon for the entry in the “Home,
Sweet Home” division. Also receiv¬
ing a red ribbon was Jeannxe Kober-
ling, a member of Mrs. LaVerne’s
homeroom. She entered her ar¬
rangement in the “Teen-age Coke